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Barely a year on our shelves and it seems women are bonkers for blemish balm, or BB, creams! The US consumer research analyst NPD Group has reported that eight out of 10 beauty shoppers like products that offer multiple benefits, and that rises to just over nine in 10 among BB cream buyers. The top five benefits people expect from a BB cream are: naturallooking coverage (52%), moisturises/ hydrates skin (47%), nourishes or treats skin (42%), provides SPF sunscreen protection (42%), and improves skin texture (38%). Of the women surveyed, 77% said they would purchase a BB cream again. Based on this first year’s success, it seems BB creams are here to stay. Expect more to appear on beauty counters soon!
You’ve heard of It-bags. Now there are It-nails! The hippest nail wraps touring the planet at present are called Lake Placid, named after the hometown of soulful singer Lana Del Rey, and they can be accessorised with a designer bag devised with the star in mind! Here’s the background story: Mulberry created a bag for Lana Del Rey tipped to outsell the Alexa, created for Alexa Chung. To celebrate, they asked nail technician to the stars Zoe Pocock to design a nail wrap. Zoe, Mike Pocock and Ciaté boss Charlotte Knight own the company Nail Rock and it was Mike who did Adele’s amazing Louboutin Manicure on Grammies night. The hip brand is in a league of its own for nail, eye and lip wraps, and they cater to all the A-listers. The Lake Placid wraps are on tour now as the handbag visits Mulberry counters from NYC to Korea, and the Nail Rock guys are thinking of adding the design to their permanent line. To see more of what they do, check out nailrock.com or asos.com.
THE ÉCLAT TOUCH
Every 10 seconds, someone buys a Touche Éclat highlighter pen (€35.50). The YSL beauty icon is 20 years old this year and it remains the No. 1 luxury beauty Item in Ireland today. To mark this milestone, YSL has expanded the colour range to 10 skin tones. And now there is a new foundation to team with the luminosity and feather-light finish of Touche Éclat: Le Teint, €38, in an impressive 22 shades. The foundation glides on and gives the skin just the right amount of dewy coverage! SHISEIDO ZEN FOR MEN EAU DE TOILETTE €48.50, counters nationwide This is a great gift set for men everywhere. For one thing, the scent is classic and popular, so chances are, if you’re buying it for the special man in your life, he’ll love it. It comes as one little container with three refills, so it can be popped into the car or a pocket. A smart idea for men who travel a lot — let’s not forget those liquid allowances when flying. VERA WANG FOR MEN SET €55.91, perfume counters nationwide Vera Wang for Men is a proper old-school male scent. The fragrance opens on green notes of mandarin leaf, making way for nutmeg and a suggestion of leather before it settles on sandalwood and tobacco. This set comes with a body wash and aftershave balm – perfect for big, strong men. DAVID BECKHAM INSTINCT SPORT €19.99 (introductory price), available nationwide This is an interesting new fragrance from Becks. It opens with notes of mandarin and ginger ale, which makes the effect fruity, but not too sweet, and at its base it has cashmere, sandalwood and patchouli — all sexy notes for an appropriately masculine scent. For sporty men, it’s probably the perfect fragrance.